IFSA Butler: Universidad Nacional

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Academic Program

Students attend classes at the National University, Heredia. Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and tutorials. Courses are taught in Spanish. On-site orientations and fieldtrips are included.

  • Reviewed by: Cindy Forster
  • Fields of study: Full curriculum.
  • Eligibility: 8.25 cumulative GPA; two years college-level Spanish (through Spanish 44); 3-5 courses in major.
  • Number of program participants: 35

Living Arrangements

Students live in private homes. Meals are taken with the host family.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Mid-August to mid-December
  • Spring: Early January to mid-May


  • Visa Information: After acceptance, your program will provide you with specifics about the visa required. The embassy site will have information on visa requirements for planning purposes.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Heredia and Los Angeles.